Boozer expects Jazz to trade him
Only two weeks after Carlos Boozer decided to stay with the Utah Jazz for the final year of his contract, the two-time all-star says he expects to be traded.
"The Jazz told me they want to go in a different direction and I respect their decision," Boozer said Tuesday in an interview with Chicago radio station WMVP. "We mutually agreed to work out a trade that was beneficial for them and beneficial for my family and me.
"So with that being said, I'm gonna be traded relatively soon or in good time."
General manager Kevin O'Connor did not return calls to comment on Tuesday.
Boozer, a 27-year-old power forward, could have exercised a player's option in his contract to void the final year, but decided to remain in Utah next season at a salary of $12.7 million US, instead of testing the free-agent market.
The Jazz already appear to be going above the luxury tax threshold, especially if they decide to keep restricted free agent Paul Millsap.
Portland has offered a four-year, $32 million US contract — including $10.3 million up front — to the forward, and Utah has until the end of the week to decide if they're willing to match it to retain Millsap.
Boozer has averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds since he signed with Utah as a restricted free agent five years ago, but he's played only 276 of 410 possible games with the Jazz.
Last season Boozer was limited to 37 starts due to injury, and he had surgery on his left knee in January.
"I've had a couple of spells, injuries that I can't control, but my body feels 100 per cent," Boozer told WMVP. "I'm healthy and doing really well.
"I'm looking forward to next season so much to prove to everybody that I can play through the whole season and at the same time to dominate again, so I'm looking forward to it."
Boozer was chosen in the second round (35th overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2002 NBA draft.
With files from The Associated Press